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Dear #Positivity Friends,

I’m happy to write this as the flower bulbs are pushing up through the ground in my yard and tree buds are popping out everywhere. There isn’t a friendlier “welcome back” from winter that I can think of.

I feel grateful to be a part of this amazing circle of life but I also feel responsible to do what I can to keep that circle going. I may not be able to protect the whole planet from every danger but there’s a lot I can do here on my patch of earth. It all comes down to my behavior—my behavior as a consumer, as a businessman, and as a member of community. In each of these roles, my decisions have influence and impact upon the people in my life.

For example, say I decide to start using only products that are sold in sustainable or biodegradable packaging. This impacts my household and my business, a total of about 200 people who would now be discarding zero plastic packaging into the environment. My kids would also likely turn this into a crazed mission at school, further amplifying the impact. In honor of Earth Day (April 22), find one small thing you can do to be a better steward of our earth. Then watch what happens!

Hey, and don’t forget that April is Poetry Month! A poem is like a whisper in your ear reminding you that you’re alive. Sharing a poem is giving a gift. Here’s my gift to you:

How lucky we are

Gregory Orr

How lucky we are

That you can’t sell

A poem, that it has

No value. Might

As well

Give it away.

That poem you love,

That saved your life,

Wasn’t it given to you?

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With hope and positivity,

#Positivity® Stories

Dinner with Grandma

Whether you miss your Grandma’s cooking or never had the chance to it, this Staten Island, New York restaurant has you covered. Enoteca Maria—named after restaurant owner Joe Scaravella’s mother Maria—opened in 2007, initially inviting only Italian grandmothers or “nonnas” to get in front of the stove. By 2015, the kitchen was filled with grandmothers from all over the world. “Many times, these women are emptynesters or their husbands have passed away. They’re looking for an outlet and they find it here,” explained Scaravella. The restaurant has a rotating staff of grandmothers from around the globe—Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, France, Japan, Poland, Sri Lanka, Syria, and, of course, Italy—who serve up their native cuisines to grateful diners. If a customer has a favorite chef grandmother, they can consult the “Nonnas Calendar” to see which grandmother is cooking each night. Scaravella jokes about the grandmas, “If they’re not hugging me, they’re hugging their customers.” 

Invisible Solar

Modern solar power can save homeowners and businesses big bucks on energy costs, but the look of a building is often dramatically altered by the equipment. Until now, it’s been impossible to imagine a structure that’s thousands of years old going solar. “Invisible Solar”—a hand-made solar panel system developed by the Italian company Dyaqua—keeps the look of terracotta roof tiles without compromising the historical look of a building. Already in use in Pompeii, Italy, the tiles are made from a non-toxic and recyclable compound that have the appearance of traditional terracotta but allow sunlight to pass through photovoltaic cells to create energy. “They look exactly like the terracotta tiles used by the ancient Romans, but they produce the electricity we need to light the frescos,” said the director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, Gabriel Zuchtriegel. Dyaqua is developing other solar products that mimic concrete, natural stone, and wood exteriors to blend in with period materials in walls and courtyards.

The Purrfect Solution

How do you find a cat at an animal shelter that will be a good match for you both? Wayside Waifs Hospital and Shelter in Kansas City, Missouri figured out the most modern way: TikTok. The employees at the no-kill shelter made a video introducing each of its furry residents by personality type—the snugglers, the cats that are good with other cats, the shy kitties, and even those felines with cattitude. More than a million views and 2,500 shares later, all but two of the shelter’s kitties found a furrever home as a result of the viral video. People from around the world praised the shelter for its great employees and their dedication to the cats. “It was actually something that one of our feline care technicians thought of,” said Casey Waugh with Wayside Waifs. What a purrfect ending.

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Heart to Heart: A Conversation on Love and Hope for Our Precious Planet by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

by Patrick McDonnell

This is a simply but beautifully illustrated story that conveys the Dalai Lama’s lessons for taking care of the earth and all its inhabitants. This book presents the Dalai Lama and his panda travelling companion setting off into the forest to discover the natural delights of the land, while the Dalai Lama tells of his childhood and his experiences with wildlife along the way. Told with the simplicity and sincerity of his Buddhist beliefs, the stories and messages gently teach compassion and respect for all, with an emphasis on creating a better planet. As the Dalai Lama says in the book, “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday, and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly to live positively to help others.”

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